HB 1197 -- Juries
Co-Sponsors: Alter, Hall
This bill grants juries the power to ignore the law and vote
their conscience in any case where the government is a party.
The bill prohibits the courts from infringing upon this power
through Supreme Court rule, court order, or jury selection
methods. The bill also allows parties to argue the
constitutionality of a law before the jury. Failure of the
court to allow a party to inform the jury of its power to ignore
the law will be grounds for a mistrial.
The bill also permits jurors to take notes during the trial and
to question witnesses by submitting written questions to the
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